Scott Watson

Composer & Educator

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The Music of Scott Watson

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On This Day Earth Shall Ring

NEW SPRING 2022! On This Day Earth Shall Ring (Alfred, Gr. 3), a festive processional on the 14th-century melody, “Personent hodie,” is both mysterious and powerful. Beginning quietly, the modal tune emerges over a chant drone with rustic, medieval percussion. Before long, the piece takes on the joyous character alluded to in the tune’s most familiar English text setting, “On This Day Earth Shall Ring” (written by composer, Jane Joseph, a student of Gustav Holst). As the work draws to an ebullient close, all the stops are pulled with resounding brass and ringing metallic percussion! A 2022 J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice, available in SmartMusic.

Awesome Sauce

NEW SPRING 2022! You’re cool, likable and confident. You don’t walk, you strut. When you enter a party, a hush falls over the room and heads turn because you have a certain je ne c’est quoi! People say you’re “the Bee’s Knees” and “the Cat’s Meow.” You’re “Awesome Sauce” and this piece is the soundtrack of your life! With its fun, bluesy melody and cool rock beat, Awesome Sauce (Alfred, Gr. 1) is sure to be a player favorite. The limited chromaticism, accessible-yet-jazzy rhythms and style-important articulations, however, offer important teaching moments for the director.

Driving Force

NEW SUMMER 2022! Driving Force (Alfred, Gr. 1.5) Opening with an energetic eighth note melody driven by an insistent woodblock, this uptempo composition unfolds playfully, gracefully, and relentlessly. From first note to last, this exciting piece for young band captures the driving force that gets people out of bed and moving through their work, play, or adventure. Themes are developed and passed between all instruments, building to an exuberant climax and musically satisfying conclusion.! This Perfomance+ Series piece only available in SmartMusic.

Gift of Hope

NEW SPRING 2021! Gift of Hope (Alfred, Gr. 3.5) captures musically two aspects of hope. Opening dramatically, the piece soon settles into an upbeat, joyful main theme. Slower contrasting material follows, building from a tender, transparently scored opening to a climax full of resolve. The optimistic main theme returns, leading to a dramatic, heroic conclusion. View the Alfred Reading Session review! A 2021 Stanton's Music Five Star Feature!

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Stand Tall, Stand Strong

NEW SPRING 2021! Stand Tall, Stand Strong (Alfred, Gr. 1.5) by Scott Watson instills a musically resolute, optimistic statement appropriate for our time. No matter how soundly we are thrown down or how big the obstacles before us, we can rise again, press on, rebuild, and overcome. With grit and tenacity, we will emerge even stronger from the trials that beset us. A 2021 J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice!

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NEW SPRING 2021! Camelot refers to an idyllic time and place, lost to lore and legend, but which continues on in the hearts, minds, and stories of so many. The exciting Return to Camelot (Alfred, Gr. 2) ---with its driving tempo, insistent rhythms, modal harmonies, and glimpses of beauty---musically transports the listener back to King Arthur's chivalrous and magical Camelot! A 2021 J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice and Stanton's Music Five Star Feature! View the Alfred Reading Session review!

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Social Distancing Blues

Available as FREE content in SmartMusic (visit for any band instrument or voice and piano. Performed here by the Dolcetto Trio (

Composer Name That Tune Challenge!

A silly, little game show where I attempt to guess my own compositions after hearing only 5 seconds of each. See how I did!

Follow composer, Scott Watson, in this virtual guest conducting video as you perform Escape from Thunder Mountain!


I've created this resource for band directors and students performing my ESCAPE FROM THUNDER MOUNTAIN (concert band or flex band versions).

In the video I guest conduct (virtually) musicians through the composition. A Composer's Notes sheet can be downloaded (free) with my suggestions for practicing/rehearsing the piece.

Directors and their students can use these resources to prepare their students - in-person or virtually - to perform Escape from Thunder Mountain with input from me...the composer!

COMPOSER'S NOTES SHEET (free download) - click here!

  • This new product yields a musically viable/attractive outcome with virtually ANY combination of 4 instruments

  • Includes play-along PERCUSSION TRACK for each selection!

  • PERFECT for face-to-face, remote/online, and hybrid teaching scenarios.

By Scott Watson: Escape from Thunder Mountain (Gr. 1.5) FLEX, Rock Solid (Gr. 2) FLEX and

At the Feast of Stephen (featuring "Good King Wenceslas") FLEX (Gr. 1) !

A NEW collection of flexible instrumentation and instrument-specific solos, with piano accompaniment, written by some of your favorite composers in the band world. Available in SmartMusic and at Each solo comes with SI Soloist Exercises which help prepare the player, and Sound Advice program notes and rehearsal tips.

by Scott Watson:

Monarch (Solo Flute and Piano, Grade 3).

Mustang Spirit (any Band Instrument and Piano, Grade 2)

Sur la Glace (Solo Oboe and Piano, Grade 2)

Dance of the Night (and Band Instrument and Piano, Grade 2)

Featured Composition

NIGHT JOURNEY (Wingert-Jones, Grade 4)

"Night Journey vividly describes a nocturnal cross country train ride and the views and impressions of the evocative and darkened landscape. The stark imagery and introspective tone are startlingly reflected through the creative and colorful sounds infused with blues and other jazz references, as well as allusions to the power and movement of the machinery of the locomotive. The visual images brought to mind evoke scenes of a train station at night with the passengers boarding, followed by the whistle blowing as the train slowly pulls away, gaining momentum before hurtling relentlessly through the dark and expansive scenery."

Perspectives from the Field podcast, presented by Zeswitz Music

Host, Keith Hodgson, and I discuss music educators who are Musical Entrepreneurs, expressing their creativity and expertise in cool ways beyond the school day.


Soli Deo Gloria!